Retired Malaysian Squash Champion Nicol David Launches The Nicol David Organisation

By Chong Jinn Xiung

The non-profit organisation aims to empower underprivileged children through sport and education

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Datuk Nicol David, founder of the Nicol David Organisation (second from left), Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, Mariana de Reyes, co-founder of the Nicol David Organisation (second from right).
Cover  Datuk Nicol David (second from top left), founder of the Nicol David Organisation, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, Mariana de Reyes, co-founder of the Nicol David Organisation (second from right) at the launch of the Nicol David Organisation in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian squash legend Datuk Nicol David has launched the Nicol David Organisation (NDO) together with former professional Columbian squash player, Mariana de Reyes. The organisation seeks to train the next generation of squash talents in Malaysia with “Little Legends”, a subsidised after-school programme that provides squash training and English lessons to children aged eight to 12 from low to middle-income families.

“When I was five years old, I was given the greatest opportunity in my life. That was to play a sport, and my sport was squash,” says David during the organisation's launch ceremony at the Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Resort in Kuala Lumpur on June 2. “The opportunity changed my life forever, as it showed me the importance of hard work, dedication and humility.”

During the ceremony, the first 58 children who have been accepted into the programme were also present. The programme will span across five years, where the children will attend classes for squash and English twice a week for nine months each year.

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